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Front view of Intel Core i5 650

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 650

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,319 vs 788 More than 65% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better performance per watt 4.67 pt/W vs 1.09 pt/W More than 4.2x better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.08 GHz vs 2.42 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 70 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2010 vs Nov, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of AMD Phenom X4 9600

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AMD Phenom X4 9600

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly lower typical power consumption 77.19W vs 100.22W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year vs 37.54 $/year Around 40% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year vs 96.89 $/year Around 15% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 650 vs Phenom X4 9600

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 650
1,550,000 MB/s
Phenom X4 9600
87,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 650  vs
Phenom X4 9600 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
LGA 1156
AM2+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 73W 95W
Annual home energy cost 37.54 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 96.89 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 4.67 pt/W 1.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 100.22W 77.19W

details

Core i5 650  vs
Phenom X4 9600 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.31 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.08 GHz 2.42 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz 2.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 733 MHz N/A
Intel Core i5 650
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